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Lucky Dozen Start
Work At Tarong Energy
January 31, 2011 - A dozen MRAEL apprentices and trainees, who will be starting work at Tarong Power Station tomorrow, were fitted out with their new Tarong Energy uniforms at an orientation day held recently in Kingaroy.

Ranging from school-leavers to mature-age apprentices, the 12 new employees will be working in areas ranging from administration to boilermaking.

MRAEL Apprentice Specialist Frances Ross said more than 250 people from all over Australia had applied for the limited positions available. South Burnett residents were particularly successful, with candidates from Blackbutt, Nanango, Maidenwell and Cherbourg among the lucky applicants hired.

The MRAEL apprentices and trainees will be appointed an Apprentice Specialist to guide them through their trade and training.



ABOVE RIGHT: From left, David Stapleton, Nanango, (1st year Fitter & Turner) and Hal Little, Brisbane (3rd year Electrician) select their uniforms


LEFT: 1st year Business Administration Trainees Justine Miller, Maidenwell, and Ashley Maudsley, Blackbutt

Kingaroy's UCG Experiment
Won't Be Allowed To Restart
January 28, 2011 - The Underground Coal Gasification trial plant near Kingaroy, (right), will not be allowed to recommence, Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Kate Jones announced today.

Ms Jones said Cougar Energy could not demonstrate to the Department of Environment and Resource Management and the independent Scientific Expert Panel that it could recommence its operations without an unacceptable risk of causing environmental harm.

"We take the protection of our environment very seriously and any company that wants to do business in Queensland must meet their environmental obligations," she said.

"The trial has not been able to operate while the investigations have been under way.

"The only activity that Cougar will be authorised to undertake in the future is the full rehabilitation of the site.

"This has been a thorough and rigorous investigation and I would like to acknowledge the patience of the Kingaroy community.

"We’ve always said if the company couldn’t provide real evidence that it can recommence safely than we would not allow it to and that is the decision that has been made."

DERM Director-General John Bradley said the agency was not satisfied with two of the three reports the company was directed to provide after contaminants resulting from the underground gasification process were detected in groundwater monitoring bores on the Cougar site.

"The information contained in the Environmental Reports submitted to the Department by Cougar, particularly in relation to future risk management of processes on the site, was not able to provide sufficient confidence to the department or the independent Panel to allow Cougar to recommence," he said.

"The Environmental Protection Order preventing the recommencement of the gasification trial at Kingaroy will remain in place until the Environmental Authority is formally amended and all statutory review and appeal provisions open to Cougar are exhausted."

Ms Jones said the independent scientific panel report into the Cougar Energy operations at Kingaroy supports the department’s decision to close down the trial at the Kingaroy site.

The report stated that "the Cougar Energy trial not be reignited" and "Cougar Energy did not act sufficiently rapidly to shut down the facility when changes to infrastructure were first observed".

Cougar Energy Seeks Halt To Share Trading
January 28, 2011 - Cougar Energy has requested an immediate trading halt on its shares after it received a letter last evening from the Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM).

DERM advised Cougar that it has not accepted all of the environmental reports submitted by the Company for the Kingaroy site in Queensland.

No reasons were given for DERM’s decision.

DERM also advised Cougar that it would issue a statutory notice limiting the activities on the Kingaroy Underground Coal Gasification site as well as issue a media release on UCG.

Cougar Energy Managing Director Dr Len Walker said the company was seeking an urgent meeting with DERM to ascertain the reasons for and the consequences of this decision.

In a letter to the ASX, Cougar Energy said it needed to consider the statutory notice and the media release before it can make an informed response to the market.

"In order to facilitate this, the Company hereby requests that a trading halt be put in place until pre-opening on Tuesday 1 February 2011," it said.

"In the event that the Company makes an announcement to the market prior to this time, the Company will request a lifting of the trading halt."

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Flood Damage Update:

Denise Captures
Floods From Above
January 27, 2011 - Kingaroy-based photographer Denise Keelan has produced a coffee-table photo album for sale of the recent flooding around the South Burnett region.

The book, which includes extensive aerial photographs, (right), is a record of the amazing water levels seen locally.

Proofs of the book can be previewed on Facebook (if you have a Facebook account) or contact Denise directly on 0417-755-581.

Denise told SBBiz that she was selling the book at cost - and she needs orders from anyone interested as soon as possible.

Photo: Copyright Denise Keelan

Yarraman - The Forgotten Flood Town
January 27, 2011 - While recent flooding in Nanango, Murgon and Kilkivan has received extensive media coverage, there has been little reporting of the effects on Yarraman.

Yarraman Creek broke its banks, flooding some premises twice. Local businesses that were affected included Jetson Engineering, the IGA Supermarket and Yarraman Produce.

SBBiz spoke to local businesspeople this week and was pleased to discover it was almost "business as usual":

  • Jeff Thomson, from Jetson Engineering, said water went through his workshop twice - once on the Sunday night (900mm) and then on the Monday night / Tuesday morning (1.8m). He had no warning. "We had three to four inches of rain but the ground was that saturated the water had nowhere to go," he said.

    Jeff said he had spoken to oldtimers in the town and none had seen flooding like this before. Jetson Engineering lost office records, filing cabinets and computers but Jeff said his biggest loss was downtime. After a lot of hard work, he hopes to have the business back open as usual next Monday.

  • Annette Speedy, from Yarraman Produce, was more fortunate. The stock that she lost was mostly feed and the business was closed for just one day. However, she was still stunned by the flooding. "Water has never been in the building before. It was freakish," she said.

  • The IGA Supermarket traded throughout the crisis. Store manager Gary Collins praised his staff for their hard work and the way they helped customers. Floors were being mopped at 4:30am to make sure the store could open on time. Goods were being sourced from private suppliers and deliveries were arriving at midnight.

    The effort has not gone unappreciated. Gary said IGA had received "thank you" letters, cards and notes from grateful customers who had praised his team for efforts "above and beyond the call of duty" to keep local residents fed and supplied.

What his customers may not realise, is that while Gary was keeping their spirits up, he himself was worried about family members missing for days in the Lockyer Valley. Fortunately they have now be located safe and sound!
Congratulations To Our
Australia Day Award Winners!
January 26, 2011 - Four South Burnett residents were proud recipients of national awards in the 2011 Australia Day Honours.

  • Former Australian representative cricketer Carl Rackemann, from Wooroolin, received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to cricket as an administrator, coach and player; and to the community.

  • Ashley Rewald, from Murgon, received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to the community, particularly through the Apex Club of Murgon.

  • Warren Cockburn, from Kingaroy, received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the community of Kingaroy, and to veterans and their families.

  • Kilkivan Hotel owner Fred Brophy - well-known for his country boxing troupe - received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the entertainment industry, and the community of Birdsville.

In local South Burnett honours, former Nanango Shire councillor and Deputy Mayor Ros Gregor was named South Burnett Citizen of the Year in a ceremony in Nanango on Tuesday night.



ABOVE RIGHT: South Burnett Deputy Mayor Keith Campbell with Kingaroy Citizen of the Year award winner, former councillor Marie Shaw, at the Australia Day celebrations in Memorial Park
Updated Information About Flood Recovery Meetings
January 24, 2011 - Business owners and primary producers in the South Burnett and adjacent areas have been urged to attend flood recovery information sessions.

The meetings will provide information on assistance available, freight subsidies, income subsidies and QRAA grants.

Meetings will be held at:

  • Blackbutt – Wednesday, January 26, 8:00am-11:00am at Memorial Hall (part of Australia Day community celebrations)

  • Chinchilla – Tuesday, January 25, 10:00am at RSL Memorial Club

  • Durong - Friday, January 28, 1:30pm-3.30pm at Durong Hall

  • Goomeri - Thursday, January 27, 3:30pm-5:00pm, at Goomeri Hall of Memory (organised by Gympie Regional Council)

  • Kilkivan - Thursday, January 27, 10:00am-noon at Kilkivan Hall

  • Kingaroy - Monday, January 31, 2:00pm-5:00pm at Kingaroy Town Hall supper room

  • Mondure - Friday, January 28, 5:30pm at Mondure Hall (organised by Centacare & BIEDO - followed by a barbecue). Phone 0448-723-130

  • Murgon - Thursday, January 27, 1:30pm–3:30pm at Murgon Town Hall

  • Nanango - Saturday, January 29, 1:00pm at Nanango High School Hall (organised by Nanango Tourism & Development Association). Phone (07) 4163-2266.

  • Proston - Friday, January 28, 9:00am-11:00am at Proston Hall

  • Tansey - Wednesday, February 9, 2:00pm-4:00pm at Tansey Bowls Club (organised by BIEDO)

  • Widgee - Tuesday, January 25, 3:30pm-5:00pm at Widgee Hall

  • Wondai - Monday, January 31, 9:00am-11:00am at Wondai Town Hall

For more information, contact DEEDI Primary Industries & Fisheries Senior Extension Officer Damien O'Sullivan on (07) 4160-0717.

NB. Some times have changed from previously published information.

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UPDATE 5:15pm: The Blackbutt Range will re-open at 7:00am tomorrow (Wednesday) to cars and small vehicles (load limit 4.5 tonnes). Traffic controllers will be on site to direct one lane of traffic along the sidetrack at a time.
Wind Farm Decision
Rests With Councils: MP
January 25, 2011 - The Federal Government has no power to intervene over the proposed Coopers Gap Wind Farm, Federal Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott told concerned landholders at a meeting at Cooranga North last week.

Speaking at a public meeting, Mr Scott said the primary decision regarding the location of the wind farm would rest with the South Burnett Regional Council and the Western Downs Regional Council.

AGL Energy Limited acquired the Coopers Gap project - and a similar project in Victoria - for $14 million from Investec Wind Holdings in 2008. The proposal is to create a 300MW power generating capacity from Stage 1.

"If and when an application is received from AGL, it will be the regional councils who have the responsibility for approval of the project," Mr Scott told the meeting.

"I believe AGL would have to apply for a Material Change of Use to change from rural land under the State’s Sustainable Planning Act 2009. As yet, the Federal Government has no power under the Constitution in relation to this decision."

Mr Scott said he would continue to talk with regional councils and community members about the proposal.

ABOVE RIGHT: From left, Frank Finlayson, Greg Warren, Annabel Finlayson, Bruce Scott and Bryan Lyons
Get Blackbutt Range Updates by SMS
January 24, 2011 - The Transport and Main Roads Department has provided details of an SMS service which will provide updates about the Blackbutt Range direct to your mobile phone.

To subscribe, click here and follow the instructions.

In its advisory, issued this afternoon, the Department confirmed that the D'Aguilar Highway across the Range would be open to cars and light vehicles on Wednesday.

Weather permitting, opening dates for the sidetrack are still:
  • Wednesday January 26 - open to small vehicles, load limit 4.5 tonnes
  • Friday January 28 - open to light trucks, load limit 15 tonnes
  • Monday January 31 - open to heavy vehicles, load limit 42.5 tonnes.

B-doubles will initially not be able to access the sidetrack. This will be reviewed after the Department receives further geotechnical advice.

Another UCG Headache For Cougar Energy
January 24, 2011 - Cougar Energy - the company behind the controversial Underground Coal Gasification pilot plant near Kingaroy - is consulting its lawyers over another UCG dispute - this time in Western Australia.

Eneabba Gas advised the ASX on Friday that its joint venture with Cougar to develop a UCG project in WA had been cancelled "as a result of a repudiation by (Cougar Energy) of its contractual obligations".

A Cougar Energy spokesman said today the company did not accept this allegation and was disappointed that Eneabba Gas had taken the steps it did on Friday. He said the company was taking legal advice and would advise the ASX in due course.

Eneabba Gas is developing a 168MW gas-fired power station project, dubbed Centauri 1, near Dongara, about 360km north of Perth. The proposal was to expand the energy capacity at a later date from the joint UCG project.

Flood Damage Update:

Eduardstrete Medical Centre To Re-Open
January 23, 2011 - The Eduardstrete Medical Centre in Edward Street, Kingaroy, will re-open for patients on February 14.

Red-tape over the registration of Fijian-born Dr Kamal Banerjee forced the surgery to start turning away patients in early 2010, leaving thousands of people on the Centre's books in the lurch.

Dr Banerjee had been at the Centre since 2001, most of the time practising as a solo GP. However in the wake of the Bundaberg Hospital fiasco the State Government introduced new laws that meant that for him to continue working he must always have a FRACGP-registered doctor at the surgery.

Dr Janet Ackinboye from Cherbourg filled this role for some time but left in January 2010. Dr Banerjee then began seeing patients at Dr Peter Wynn's surgery while the Eduardstrete Centre remained closed.

Dr Banerjee's secretary Barbara Wittmann told SBBiz the Eduardstrete Centre would now be able to re-open in February as FRACGP-registered Dr Pinnamaraju - or Dr Raju as he is known locally - would be joining the practice.

Dr Raju has been working at Kingaroy Hospital.

UPDATE January 26: The clinic advised SBBiz today that due to unforeseen circumstances they've had to delay their re-opening by two weeks. They now hope to reopen on February 28.

UPDATE February 21: The clinic will now open on March 7.

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At Blackbutt, Dr Jack Tsai started work today at the Timbertown Medical Centre, joining Dr Daphene Connor at the practice.
Okeden Creek Washout Repaired
BEFORE:
AFTER:
January 22, 2011 - The Okeden Creek washout on the Wondai-Chinchilla Road was successfully repaired today and the road re-opened to traffic.

South Burnett Mayor David Carter announced this afternoon on Facebook that the temporary repairs on the major thoroughfare, severely damaged by recent flooding, had been completed.

Council staff have spent the day working on the damaged section which has been preventing residents from the Ballogie area accessing Wondai or other parts of the South Burnett without a major detour.

Speed restrictions and warning signs are still in place in a number of locations along this road.

Cr Carter urged drivers to proceed with caution and drive to the road conditions.



Photos: Courtesy Martin Stern and
the South Burnett Regional Council
Countdown To Blackbutt Range Re-Opening
January 21, 2011 - Work has started on constructing a sidetrack to restore connectivity along the D'Aguilar Highway across the Blackbutt Range.

The sidetrack will allow one lane of traffic to proceed under traffic control.

Transport and Main Roads crews will remain on-site all weekend to ensure that work is completed as soon as possible.

Weather permitting, opening dates for the sidetrack are:

  • Wednesday, January 26 - Open to small vehicles, load limit 4.5 tonnes
  • Friday, January 28 - Open to light trucks, load limit 15 tonnes
  • Monday, January 31 - Open to heavy vehicles, load limit 42.5 tonnes.

The additional delay for heavier vehicles is to ensure the pavement can carry the extra load without compromising safety.
Volunteers Lend a Hand In Murgon
January 21, 2011 - Thirty volunteers are available to help with flood cleaning - both indoor or outdoor - tomorrow (Saturday) in the Murgon area.

If you need a hand, phone Laila Gordon on 0418-194-755.

The South Burnett Regional Council also has names of other volunteers that are willing to help if anyone requires assistance. The council is also keen to hear from any more people who could assist.

Other assistance is also available:

  • Council will also help with taking loads of rubbish away. Phone Stan Taylor on (07) 4189-9100.

  • Murgon SES is helping people to remove furniture from flooded houses

  • Murgon Fire Brigade is helping with hosing out flooded houses.

  • Local photographer Sherrianne Talon has offered a free service for insurance purposes for flood victims in the Murgon area. Her number is 0410-028-603.

  • Help may also become available for fencing. Marg Enkelman is taking names of people that require help with fencing in a bid to to get "Blazeaid" volunteers to come to the area. Marg can be contacted on (07) 4168-9728.

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South Burnett Regional Councillor Kathy Duff, (right) - who asked SBBiz this afternoon to pass on the above information - had first-hand experience of the recent floods.

She was isolated on her family's Di-Di Station at Proston for several days during the height of the flooding, and said today she had spent most of her time under a tree in the backyard with her mobile phone and an umbrella, attending to Council business and helping to co-ordinate flood relief efforts.

Cr Duff said she would like to thank everyone in the Murgon community for the way that they had rallied together during the flood disaster.

"History shows that communities that recover from disasters are the communities that work together - so I'm confident that Murgon will recover well," she said.

She urged residents seeking information about financial assistance to contact Manny Hegarty from the Department of Communities on 0413-530-197.

People with emergency road issues should contact Council on 1300-789-279.

Cr Duff also invited concerned residents to contact her on 0437-020-705.
Businesses Urged To Attend Information Sessions
January 21, 2011 - UPDATED 6:00pm Business owners and primary producers in the South Burnett and adjacent areas are being urged to attend flood recovery information sessions.

The meetings will provide information on assistance available, freight subsidies, income subsidies and QRAA grants.

Meetings organised by DEEDI will be held at:

  • Blackbutt – Wednesday, January 26, 8:00am-11:00am at Memorial Hall (alongside Australia Day community celebrations)

  • Chinchilla – Tuesday, January 25, 10:00am at RSL Memorial Club

  • Durong - Friday, January 28, 1:30pm-3.30pm at Durong Hall

  • Goomeri - Thursday, January 27, 3:30pm-5:00pm, at Goomeri Hall of Memory (organised by Gympie Regional Council)

  • Kilkivan - Thursday, January 27, 10:00am-noon at Kilkivan Hall, Bligh Street, Kilkivan

  • Kingaroy - Monday, January 31, 2:00pm-5:00pm at Kingaroy Town Hall supper room

  • Mondure - Friday, January 28 at Mondure Hall (organised by Centacare & BIEDO), from 5:30pm (followed by a barbecue). Phone 0448-723-130

  • Murgon - Thursday, January 27, 1:30pm–3:30pm at Murgon Town Hall

  • Nanango - Saturday, January 29 from 1:00pm at Nanango High School Hall (organised by Nanango Tourism & Development Association). Phone (07) 4163-2266.

  • Proston - Friday, January 28, 9:00am-11:00am at Proston Hall

  • Tansey - Wednesday, February 9, 2:00pm-4:00pm at Tansey Bowls Club (organised by BIEDO)

  • Widgee - Tuesday, January 25, 3:30pm-5:00pm at Widgee Hall

  • Wondai - Monday, January 31, 9:00am-11:00am at Wondai Town Hall

For more information, contact DEEDI Primary Industries & Fisheries Senior Extension Officer Damien O'Sullivan on (07) 4160-0717.
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Ergon Energy employees from Kingaroy have been hard at work helping to reconnect power at flood-damaged premises in Brisbane’s central western suburbs.

Twenty Ergon staff from depots in Bundaberg, Kingaroy, Maryborough, Hervey Bay and Toowoomba have been helping Energex with the massive task of restoring power.

The crews, who are expected to return to their home bases at the end of next week, have been checking network service lines, reconnecting premises and repairing underground and substation assets.

ABOVE RIGHT: Apprentice Steve Harrington and linesman Mark Ellis, Kingaroy, help with reconnections at Fernvale in the Brisbane Valley

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South Burnett Mayor David Carter has invited all heavy transport operators who use South Burnett roads to a meeting on Monday to discuss damage to roads and bridges and other issues.

The meeting will be held from 4:00pm in the Kingaroy Council Chambers at Glendon Street, Kingaroy.

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Blackbutt Range To Be
Re-Opened By Australia Day
January 20, 2011 - Weather permitting, the Blackbutt Range will be open to traffic by Australia Day (January 26).

In a press release today, the Transport and Main Roads Department said it was giving high priority to establishing a safe route for motorists around the landslip sites on the D’Aguilar Highway.

Twelve landslips have occurred along a 600m stretch of the highway, one of which covers both lanes of the road and requires major reconstruction work.

The department’s Acting District Director (Moreton) Penny Ford said immediate efforts were concentrated on developing a traffic sidetrack to provide access for motorists around the site.

"Every endeavour is being made to restore connectivity of the D'Aguilar Highway however the safety of motorists must come first," Ms Ford said.

"While comprehensive investigations of the site are underway, expert geotechnical advice has identified an alternative route that is safe for motorists.

"Our crew will work through the weekend to ensure this route is ready and open for business by Wednesday next week (January 26), weather permitting."

Ms Ford said just getting in to assess the location had been difficult due to the extent of the wet weather and the amount of water impacting the site.

"We had to wait for waters to recede before we could even examine the huge scope of the slips via helicopter flyovers. It's only been since last Thursday that vehicles could actually get in and deliver experts to assess the damage," she said.

"Most road users appreciate how critical this work is and I thank all road users for their understanding."

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Some more good news ... South Burnett Regional Mayor David Carter said today that - weather permitting - the badly damaged section of the Wondai-Chinchilla Road at Okeden Creek is expected to be re-opened by Sunday (January 23).

Be Quick - Just A Few
Tickets Left For Flood Ball!
January 20, 2011 - There is still a LIMITED number of tickets available for the Kingaroy Lions Flood Relief Ball which is being held at the Kingaroy Town Hall on Saturday, January 29.

The ball will feature a three-course dinner and live entertainment by Captains Road, Blues Excuse and the South Burnett Community Orchestra.

Tickets are $75 each or $700 for a table of 10 and can be booked at Mathers Shoes in Kingaroy Shoppingworld or by phoning Mat on 0430-861-285 or Ang on 0400-841-358.

This event has been supported strongly by the local business community with generous donations. There will also be a fun auction to raise extra cash!

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The Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce and Industry will be welcoming a new project officer on board next week, Jo Thorp.

Jo is well known in the South Burnett community because of her involvement on the Wine and Food in the Park organising committee.

She is replacing Kylie Shulte who has resigned to take up a full-time position with Pharmacy Essentials in Nanango.

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Has your business been affected by the floods? The State Government has put together assistance information on the Business Queensland website

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Murgon's water supply has now returned to normal after the repair of flood damage. Critical water restrictions have been lifted.
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South Burnett Mayor David Carter has told SBBiz that several engineers inspected the D'Aguilar Highway at the landslip site yesterday - as well as the old Bypass Road which has been suggested as an alternative route - however the Blackbutt Range remains closed to all traffic at present.

Pratt Joins Battle To Re-Open Range
January 19, 2011 - Member for Nanango Dorothy Pratt has joined the battle to re-open the Blackbutt Range, telling Mains Road Minister Craig Wallace that it should be a greater priority than the Toowoomba Range, which at least is trafficable.

In a letter sent to the Minister yesterday, Mrs Pratt said the Blackbutt Range closure was causing hardship to businesses in Moore, Benarkin, Blackbutt and Yarraman.

"There is a severe impact on businesses in four small towns who rely heavily on passing traffic and who have indicated they cannot survive long without this continuous traffic flow ... Businesses in all these towns have stated passing traffic constitutes a minimum 50 per cent of their income," she said.

"If these businesses fail communities will have no shopping facilities in at least three of these towns."

Mrs Pratt also pointed out that the larger communities in the South Burnett rely heavily on transport on the D'Aguilar Highway to re-stock businesses, primary producers need to access abattoirs at Kilcoy and Dinmore and residents have referrals to specialist medical treatment in Brisbane.


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The South Burnett Regional Council has advised that the section of road between the Wilsons Road intersection and the Broadcreek Road intersection (Muller’s Corner) on Burrandowan Road is now closed. Heavy vehicles driving on the saturated pavement have been blamed for causing the damage.

A load limit has also been placed on the open section of the Burrandowan Road. Local traffic wanting to access farms in the road closed section may do so if it is safe.

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Mayor's Plea To Premier:
Fix The Blackbutt Range
January 18, 2011 - South Burnett Mayor David Carter has written to Queensland Premier Anna Bligh stressing the importance of reopening the Blackbutt Range to traffic.

The D'Aguilar Highway across the Range is not in the South Burnett Regional Council area however Cr Carter said it was paramount to the South Burnett community to have it reopened as a matter of urgency.

Council has also contacted senior Main Roads engineers and the Mayor of Somerset Regional Council.

"We are lobbying all the relevant people to ensure they are aware that the closure of the range is affecting the South Burnett’s ability to recover quickly from this disaster," Cr Carter said.



UPDATE: The D’Aguilar Highway at Meandu Creek (between Kingaroy and Nanango) will be open to two lanes from about 3:30pm today. Traffic control will cease however the 60km/h zone will remain.
Cougar Energy Decision Delayed By Floods
January 17, 2011 - The Department of Environment and Resource Management has postponed its decision on Cougar Energy’s UCG pilot plant near Kingaroy to Friday, January 28, 2011.

The delay has been caused by interruptions to the DERM's normal working arrangements caused by the Queensland floods.

DERM told Cougar Energy today that the extension was required to allow it sufficient time to make a properly informed decision on Cougar's environmental reports.

The administering authority received the final set of reports from Cougar on December 10, 2010.